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India, Indonesia resolve to fight terror

  • India and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, decided to expand their defence and maritime security ties and resolved to deal with terrorism.
  • The two countries, among the very few fast-growing large economies, also decided to boost trade and investment in the areas of oil and gas, renewable energy, information technology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Two memoranda of understanding were signed to provide for cooperation in youth affairs and sports and standardisation.
  • A joint communiqué on combating illegal and unregulated fishing was also firmed up.
  • As the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia stands for democracy, diversity, pluralism, and social harmony. These are also our values.
  • Indian national Gurdeep Singh is facing the threat of death sentence in Indonesia on drug charges, matter was under the judicial process.
  • The two leaders condemned terrorism in all forms, saying there must be “zero tolerance” of acts of terror. All states must deal with transnational terrorism emanating from their territory through effective criminal justice response.
  • Mr. Modi and Mr. Widodo called upon all countries to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 (banning militant groups and their leaders) and other resolutions designating terrorist entities. This is seen as an apparent reference to China blocking India’s move to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist.
  • Underscoring the need to improve connectivity and encourage people-to-people contacts, the two leaders welcomed the Indonesian airline Garuda starting direct flights from Jakarta to Mumbai.
  • Both leaders reiterated support for reforms to the U.N. and its principal organs, including the Security Council, with a view to making the the global body more democratic, transparent and efficient.
  • On boosting defence ties, the two leaders wanted early convening of the Defence Ministers’ Dialogue and the Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meetings to upgrade the agreement on defence to a bilateral defence cooperation agreement.